Fields on DVD?

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  1. John Watson

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    Does anyone know : When, oh, when, will we get more WC Fields on DVD?

    I want "My Little Chickadee"; "Its a Gift"; and especially "Poppy"

    They would sit beside "The Bank Dick", and get played regularly, I promise!

    Also, I'd like to see the film bio, with Rod Steiger - WC FIELDS & ME
     
  2. Patrick McCart

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    Ask Universal.

    Actually... I think most of the Paramount films owned by Universal are in poor condition, so we may have to wait for watchable editions.
     
  3. Jon Robertson

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    Count me in, John. Criterion's two discs just aren't enough!

    If Universal can release a bunch of Don Knotts discs, then they certainly should put out loads of Fields' movies as well. Since most of his films are barely over an hour, you could easily fit two or even three on a dual-layer disc.

    Add Never Give A Sucker An Even Break, Six of a Kind, The Old-Fashioned Way, You're Telling Me, International House, If I Had A Million (even though Fields is only in it for a short while) and The Man on the Flying Trapeze to that list!
     
  4. John Watson

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    Guess I hadn't seen THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1938 when I posted this earlier.

    Its on a double bill of a BOB HOPE DVD, and I just watched it last night.

    Absolutely hilarious, and with the Ed Sulllivan quality of entertainment lineup that the plot allows, very entertaining in other ways.


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  5. Eric Peterson

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    I'm in!!

    I haven't seen any of Fields's features, but after seeing both of the Criterion discs - I want more.

    By the way, has anybody read the new W.C. Fields biography that just came out? I'm thinking of picking it up.
     
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    Yes Fields was one of the great comedy geniuses of the 20th century. I believe one of his silent features : Sally of the Sawdust is also available on DVD : does anyone own this ? A series of double feature DVDs along the lines of the Bob Hope/Bing Crosby ones would be great. Are you listening Universal and while you're at it why not dust down the first five Marx Brothers'films ?
     
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    I want these too!!
     
  8. Brian PB

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    When I was about 12 or 13, a local TV station used to run a double feature on Friday nights, with a W.C. Fields picture followed by a Marx Brothers picture. My dad & I would stay up late to watch them & laugh ourselves silly. My Fields Faves (roughly in order):

    It's a Gift (1934/McLeod/Paramount)--owned by Universal
    Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935/Bruckman/Paramount)--owned by Universal
    The Bank Dick (1940/Cline/Universal)--released by Criterion
    The Old Fashioned Way (1934/Beaudine/Paramount)--owned by Universal
    You're Telling Me (1934/Kenton/Paramount)--owned by Universal
    (Amazingly, there were FIVE releases in 1934 starring Fields.)

    I've never been a big fan of My Little Chickadee or Never Give a Sucker an Even Break.

    Universal should drop whatever they're doing & get these out on DVD!
     
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  10. Jon Robertson

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    As someone who went to see Never Give A Sucker An Even Break here in London not two weeks ago (to a sold-out and hugely appreciative audience), you can certainly give this sucker an even deal on the DVD release.
     
  11. Eric Peterson

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    Paul,

    Thanks for the info on the biographies. I just ordered the new one and will let you know what I think after reading it. The reviews on Amazon seemed pretty glowing, so I figured that I'd take a chance.
     
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    Six of a Kind is included on the Burns and Allen triple-bill that Universal released this past winter.
     

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